Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2015


Incredible Edibles
Growth is dormant in our planters, now we are sowing and planting for next year, and propping up our little trees as they blow over. Meanwhile we can top up our growing medium thanks to a donation of compost. However community orchard maintenance continues unabated, we will meet at the cemetery entrance on Black Horse Hill in high-visibility jackets on:
Saturdays January 9th, February 13th, March 12th, all at 3-4 p.m., and
Fridays January 22nd and February 26th, all at 10-11 a.m.

We hold our next planning meeting on Thursday 21st January at 2 p.m.
New volunteers are welcome, come along or ring 07724175779 for more information. Carry on donating or receiving rosemary or other herbs from Lunts and Deli 1386, it might form a garnish for your Christmas dinner.

Happy New Year to all in West Kirby, carry on helping yourselves to produce from our planters in 2016.

Wednesday, 16th December, 1-3pm
Apple Avenue maintenance session
Repair work, mulching and pruning of the community orchard off Gilroy road. We start off, for those who wish, with a brief relaxation exercise.

Wednesday, 16th December, from 7pm
Christmas Decorations Workshop, Wirral Arts Centre, Brookfield Gardens
A Mellow Yellow workshop at Wirral Arts Centre to make your own Christmas decorations. Beginning with a meditative session from 7pm with the making starting at 8pm. Suggested donation of 5 to cover cost of materials, although we would be grateful if you could bring additional materials to share, if you have them.
(There is no event parking available on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road. We ask that all visitors park at the West Kirby Concourse. Of course, people with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Centre but please then park your car elsewhere.)

Saturday 19th December, 9-1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Market
Back again, at St Andrew's Church Hall, on Graham Road.
Thirty great stalls with a wide range of locally produced and homemade food and drink.
Take a peek at the last market newsletter to get a taste of what we offer: www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk/files/newsletter_nov_2015.pdf
Why not drop us a line to subscribe? - ttwk.food@gmail.com

Monday, 21st December, 8-10pm
Sea of Peace Solstice Meditations, Wirral Arts Centre, Brookfield Gardens
The longest night is a time to go deep inside and to be together. Mellow Yellow will honour this special night with an evening of sound meditation, music, drumming, chanting, relaxation and community. This will be both a solstice celebration and an invocation for peace.
(There is no event parking available on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road. We ask that all visitors park at the West Kirby Concourse. Of course, people with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Centre but please then park your car elsewhere.)

Saturday, 2nd January, 11am
Reflective walk to Hilbre Island
Meet from 10:45am at Dee Lane (beach end)
At the start of the New Year, Mellow Yellow offer space for stillness, reflection and sharing with a guided walk to Hilbre BerylIsland. Please bring refreshments to share. We will leave Hilbre Island to return to West Kirby at approximately 2pm.
Please make sure you dress appropriately for the weather warm and waterproof clothing.

Thursday, 14th January, 1-3pm
Apple Avenue maintenance session
Repair work, mulching and pruning of the community orchard off Gilroy Road. We start off, for those who wish, with a brief relaxation exercise.

Friday, 15th January, 7:30 - 10pm
Mellow Yellow AGM and Beryl Appreciation Evening
Wirral Arts Centre, Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby
We invite you to join us at the Mellow Yellow AGM. We offer a meditation for those who wish to join us between 7pm and 7:30pm. The meeting part of the evening will be between 7:30pm and 8pm and will review our activities and accounts for the last 12 months and discuss activities for the next year. At 8pm we are delighted to host a tribute evening for Beryl, one of our most stalwart supporters and always a warm, positive and thought provoking addition to our events. Beryl has had a long and interesting life and she has agreed to share some of her stories with us as we in turn offer our appreciation to her for all that she has added to our events and our lives over the years.
(There is no event parking available on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road. We ask that all visitors park at the West Kirby Concourse. Of course, people with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Centre but please then park your car elsewhere.)

Friday, 29th January
Prof Richard Taylor (Chief Engineer at the National Nuclear Laboratory) to talk on Nuclear Energy
Part of the TTWK Energy Group lecture series.
More details in next month's email.




Pictures from Wirral Climate Change Walk 29th November
Climate Change Walk
Climate Change Walk




December 2015 News


On 24th November we joined the wonderful people of West Wirral Rotary to plant 500 daffodil bulbs in the grass outside the Concourse. Hopefully they will brighten the corner up in the spring.

Many thanks to all the hardy people who braved the rain and strong winds to join the Wirral Earth Fest Climate Change Walk to Hilbre Islands on Sunday, 29th November as part of the Global Climate March. About 70 people (and dogs) of all ages gathered at Dee Lane in the dark and then set off through, often driving, rain to walk to Middle Eye. The walk did not go on to Hilbre because of the weather conditions, with strong winds and a high tide forecast. People came from as far away as Hawarden and Oswestry to join the walk, and we were delighted to be joined by Rev Mike Loach (co-founder of Wirral Earth Fest), his family and parishioners from Christ Church in Higher Bebington. By the time we reached Middle Eye the rain had eased and the cove we stopped in was protected from the winds. Photos were taken, food was shared and good conversations were had. We were then pretty much blown back to West Kirby by the gale force winds! The event is summed up perfectly by this comment on the Avaaz website: Dark, Cold, Wind, Driving Rain, Puddles, Laughter, Sharing, Togetherness ... Absolutely Wonderful!!!.

On Friday, 4th December, the Transition Energy Group treated us to a fascinating evening, stretching our minds (and exercising our laughter muscles) as we explored questions from how many heartbeats in a Bob Dylan song? to which ingredient in a Christmas cake has the highest calorific energy? to the dizzy heights of parallel realities and the energy required for Santas simultaneous global deliveries. On a very practical level we were also challenged to calculate our own carbon footprint for the year and look at what we could change at home. Well done to the Energy Group for an entertaining, thought and action provoking evening.

On Saturday, 5th December Homegrown Bananas took part in Wirral Arts Centres Second Best West Kirby Christmas Ever's Christmas Craft Fair in West Kirby Library (say that quickly if you can!). Homegrown Bananas arranged for some seasonal (and some not so seasonal) entertainment at the fair, including a short open-mike session. Craft stalls were tucked away in corners between the books and music filled the air. Santa paid West Kirby an early visit too! Everyone was snug and warm in the Library with the wind howling outside. It created a lovely atmosphere and we were very pleased to be able to be part of the event.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas/Midwinter. May the New Year bring you peace, joy and love.


Who are we?



...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

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What are our plans?



People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.


Contact us - stay informed



Principal contact: info@transitiontownwestkirby.org.uk

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If you have any imaginative ideas of ways to celebrate the town of West Kirby and spread the message or want to help organise future awareness raising/community-building/fun events we would love to hear from you. Likewise if you are able to display posters advertising our events.


West Kirby Farmers' Market



A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk


TTWK national allotment report



Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
Download the full report or the database of council responses.


Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide



In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


Downloads



Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

Download leaflet, recipes, fact sheets

Our Constitution


West Kirby What's On
Listing of community events in West Wirral.


To measure your carbon footprint visit our own helpful calculator: www.carbonindependent.org